Majors and Minors

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Luke 11:37-52 You . . . neglect justice and the love of God. (v. 42) Every college student must declare a major – that is, a field of study in which he will take the largest number of courses and to which he will devote his most enthusiastic work. He will also declare one or more minors – subjects that are also important for him, but not as essential as his major. Jesus reprimanded certain students in the …

The Opening of the Will

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 14:25-31 What would you like to leave behind as a legacy when you leave the world? A million dollars? A thriving business? A thousand acres? A Mercedes Benz? Jesus left a legacy. It certainly wasn’t money. The total accumulation of his thirty-three years amounted to one robe for which soldiers gambled at the cross. In this passage, Jesus in a sense is opening his will. He had only a few days to live. He is announcing to …

Love and Law

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 14:15-24 “Those who have my commandments and keep them,” said Jesus, “are those who love me” (v. 21). In other words, love and law go hand in hand. Law without love is legalism. Without love, law can become contentious, cold, and judgmental. Christian obedience is not adherence to a code, but sustaining a right relationship. We obey the law, not because we feel obligated to submit to the law, but because we love the lawgiver. Merely posting …

Greater Works Than Jesus?

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 14:8-14 “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do,” said Jesus, “and in fact, will do greater works than these” (v. 12). Can that really be true? Jesus raised the dead, walked on water, and healed lepers. How can anyone possibly match that, much less exceed it? The key here is verse 12b, “because I am going to the Father.” Jesus’ followers were going to pick up where Jesus left off. …

"My Father's House"

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 14:1-7 We can assume that any biblical description of the life to come must necessarily be a figure of speech, an analogy to some experience or place on earth. No human language could ever adequately express the reality of the life to come. This being the case, it’s significant that Jesus used “my Father’s house” as his primary description of heaven. Heaven is like a house; a place of comfort, a place of retreat, a place where …

Recovering Sinners

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 13:36-38 People who participate in Alcoholics Anonymous never refer to themselves as “recovered” alcoholics. They are always “recovering” alcoholics. Peter learned the hard way. He was, and always would be, a recovering not a recovered sinner. We expected better. After all, Peter was a member of the disciples’ inner threesome, a natural-born leader, often the up-front spokesman for the group. He was the spiritual giant, the first one to confess “You are the Messiah, the Son of …